Friday, 6 August 2010

Bleak Birding But More Mothing

Beer Head this morning was very unbirdable! It was wet, windy and very dull and gloomy - I don't actually know why I bothered going up there!? A single Wheatear was the only migrant noted.

Blackhole Marsh showed seven Ringed Plovers and 17 Dunlin, and a sweep of the Estuary mid morning revealed a....surprise surprise...juvenile Yellow-legged Gull! Cue crap photo...

I'll get a decent photo of one eventually!!

Last night I ran one trap in the back garden, and this morning had 82 moths of 32 species. This included a first for the garden...

Least Yellow Underwing

The rest of the catch looked like this (with new for the year species in red as ever): 9 Shuttle-shaped Dart, 7 Willow Beauty, 5 Setaceous Hebrew Character, 5 Common Rustic, 4 Small Fan-footed Wave, 4 Riband Wave, 4 Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, 4 Dark Arches, 4 Uncertain, 3 V-Pug, 2 Scorched Carpet, 2 Magpie, 2 Bright-line Brown-eye, 2 Large Yellow Underwing, 2 Dunbar, 2 Straw Dot, 2 Spectacle and singles of: Buff Arches, Single-dotted Wave, Shaded Broad-bar, Satin Beauty, Peppered Moth, Scalloped Oak, Jersey Tiger, Rosy Footman, Buff Footman, Common Footman, Four-spotted Footman (my first ever female), Rosy Minor and Lesser Yellow Underwing.

I forget to mention that at Chew Valley Lake, during the first night the course leader ran a moth trap. The following day I saw three new moths, Twin-spotted and Brown-veined Wainscots and a Grass Emerald (a county rarity). It was nice to see a couple of stonking male Oak Eggers too, a species I've only previously seen flying about in the day.

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